The Game - The Documentary 2.5

Double albums are always a hit or miss. The stakes are even higher when your double album is a sequel of sorts of one of the most lauded albums, much less debuts, of the last ten years.

For The Game, however, The Documentary 2 was simply too robust to limit to one disc. It was smart, then, for the man born Jayceon Taylor to release the two discs separately rather than as one collective body of work. With The Documentary 2 having dropped a week ago, The Documentary 2.5 lands in stores and online today. For those still not sold on what The Game brings on this second disc, however, the rapper has posted a free stream of the full LP on Spotify.

Slightly shorter than The Documentary 2 at seventeen tracks – the first had eighteen – The Documentary 2.5 features appearances from many of the same suspects who appeared on the first disc, including Sonyae, YG, Anderson.Paak, and Jon Connor. But what stands out most about The Documentary 2.5, is how its more unlikely collabs end up making some of the higher points of the album. The Game puts will.i.am and Nas on “The Ghetto,” an unusual combination that seems genius level on the final project. Outro track has The Game joining forces with Skrillex on “El Chapo,” with the latter abandoning his electronica antics to go full trap music with Game. And “Moment of Violence” has Game linking up with Compton album alums King Mez and Jon Connor (along with JT) for a knocking, cold street anthem. The Blaxploitation era-inspired “Quik’s Groove” (featuring Micah and Sevyn Streeter) is a nice ’70s tinged surprise as well.

Stream The Game’s The Documentary 2.5 LP for yourself down below and cop the album now on iTunes.